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Foster Station c.1910

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Mrs. Joe Foster, Mrs. Churchill, Mrs. Pearl Brown, Myrtle Robinson, Iva Churchill, Ray Swanigan (top), Mrs. Katie Nicolson Leng, and Mrs. Carrie Robinson.

The route of this rail line from San Diego was up 32nd Street to Chollas Valley, bisecting Mount Hope Cemetery, along Imperial Avenue through Encanto, Lemon Grove, La Mesa and then up the 741 foot Alta (now Grossmont) Grade. It skirted El Cajon Valley to Santee. It then went along Woodside Avenue through Riverview to Lakeside, across Moreno Valley to Foster (now part of Lakeside). 

The trains would stop any place along the route if signaled. The fare to Lakeside from San Diego was 85 cents -- $1.50 a round trip -- taking 1 1/2 hours for the twenty-five mile trip. That was quite an improvement over the all-day wagon trip.

At the height of the boom days, there were eight passenger and four freight trains coming to Foster each day. After the Lakeside Inn built the racetrack, there were special excursion trains run for special events to lure the crowds.

Foster Station c.1906


No. 2 at Foster's Station.
Pat Patters, Fireman & Charles Robinson, Conductor


Gasoline engine at Foster Station c.1915. 
Ed Rhinehart, Mrs. Joe Foster, John Turner.

No. 15 approaching Foster Station. Weston Dairy barns and silo, house at the left edge.

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11/26/2015

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